Updated: Mar 6
There’s no denying the world’s deep love for podcasts – a key ingredient in our modern diet for on-demand information. We all have our favorites and the Crunchmoms team is no exception. From those that offer a unique take on the world to intimate conversations that inspire, here are the podcasts we’ll keep returning to.
Julie Nguyen, Crunch Lead
I listened to How I Built This With Guy Raz while on maternity leave and expecting my son, and it was one of the inspirations behind my leap into entrepreneurship. Guy Raz’s podcast is one of the most downloaded podcasts on iTunes and it’s immediately obvious why. He skillfully interviews leaders like Spanx's Sarah Blakely and Lululemon Athletica's Chip Wilson about the challenges and triumphs experienced in their entrepreneurial journeys.
‘Aden + Anais: Raegan Moya-Jones’. I love how honest and raw Raegan is about her journey – from first founding the company to the eventual termination of her position as CEO, and subsequent entrepreneurial venture.
Liying Tay, Growth Hacker
I love listening to A Worklife with Adam Grant, a series hosted by an organizational psychologist. Inc. very aptly calls it 'the Porche of podcasts'. Adam Grant very cleverly reexamines the concept of a ‘better’ work-life, something that has always fascinated me. He speaks with people like The Incredibles director Brad Bird, Celtics coach Brad Stevens, Olympic runner Amy Cragg, and food truck owner Oscar Santaella. The podcast distills these discussions into insights that could apply to almost anyone in the professional world. I find that it forces me to reevaluate my definitions of what work and a successful career are. Favorite episode: ‘The Creative Power of Misfits’ where they discuss how inspiration and creativity can shake up the status quo. They used animated classics to lean into management insights, and it’s the episode I most recommend to my friends. Vineetha Menon, Content Strategist Journalist Krista Tippett’s podcast is one I both switch off and switch on to. The On Being Project as a whole examines the essence of what it means to be a ‘human’ – like life lessons, but without the boring lesson plan. It’s part of a non-profit independent media initiative, and you can expect plenty of substance and soul. So many of the topics explored have made me reflect, long after I’ve listened to the episodes.
‘Silence and the Presence of Everything’ where acoustic ecologist Gordon Hempton makes us listen to the world in a different way. As Hempton says: “Silence isn’t the absence of something, but the presence of everything.” Hit play on a quiet day with noise-cancelling headphones.
Zoyah Khan, Content Creator
My current favorite podcast is The Alarmist, hosted by Rebecca Delgado. She and her cast humorously scrutinize history’s greatest tragedies and figure out ‘who is to blame’. Delgado interviews experts like Morton Thiokol’s Allan McDonald to determine who was behind the space shuttle Challenger disaster. Or best-selling author Helen Rappaport for insight into the final days of the Romanov family before their gruesome execution.
‘The Death of Che Guevara: Who is to Blame?’ that has interesting insights into Che’s life and his relationship with Fidel Castro, and how that contributed to his ultimate demise.